A federal judge in Austin has ordered Texas to immediately implement new travel restrictions on its state’s highways, including restrictions on traveling within a half-mile of a major highway, starting January 10.
The order issued by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel applies to the entire state, including Texas’ border with Mexico.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesman John Wittes told IGN the order was issued by a district judge in Texas, not the state attorney general.
The new rules, which are expected to go into effect Jan. 15, restrict interstate travel by car, bus, and on foot, Wittes said.
They include a ban on passengers using cellphones while driving and prohibit those who have a felony or misdemeanor record from traveling to Texas.
Wittes said the new rules are a “backstop” against illegal immigration and are aimed at stopping potential attacks.
“We have to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
This is not a solution,” Wittes added.
“It’s a very dangerous thing.
We’re going to do everything we can to keep people safe and keep our communities safe.
But we are not going to be able to stop people from coming in.
We need to stop that flow.”
In August, the Obama administration issued a travel warning for Texas residents and businesses that the state could face restrictions in the coming months on several federal government functions, including the Department of Homeland Security, U.N. agencies, and state parks.
The warning included a number of key travel and safety features that were already in place.
In September, the federal government issued a “state of emergency” for Texas, which included a ban from entering the state for four weeks starting January 8.
A temporary state of emergency was issued again in March after more than 300 people were killed in a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The order from the U.T.A. states that the federal executive branch must provide notice within 30 days to any state or local government officials who intend to implement the new regulations.
They also have to notify any person who is planning to use the interstate highways and has already obtained a license from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Witts said.